MIAMI — Several people have been arrested in what police call a dangerous and illegal "Wheels Up, Guns Down" ride-out event in South Florida, WFOR-TV reports.

The TV station says dozens of ATV, dirt bike and motorcycle riders have been traveling the streets of Broward and Miami-Dade counties through the weekend and during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. 

At least 10 people were arrested since Friday, WFOR says.

Riders reportedly take part because it honors King, but police say the annual event is illegal because it endangers other drivers.

“We have to take this matter seriously,” said Alvaro Zabaleta with Miami-Dade Police to WFOR-TV. “We have individuals that are popping wheelies. They are on one tire. With ATVs, they’re on two tires. 

"This is dangerous for them. They can fall off and have fatal injuries.”

What others are reading right now:

Make it easy to keep up-to-date with more stories like this. Download the 10 News app now.

Have a news tip? Email, visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed.